Ann Arbor City Council – Ward 3

Steve Kunselman

Steve Kunselman

UPDATE: Steve Kunselman lost to incumbent Zach Ackerman in the Aug. 8 primary. Ackerman prevailed with 53.73% of the vote compared to 45.98% for Kunselman. Ackerman will advance to the Nov. 7 general election. Click here for all election results.

Steve Kunselman is an Energy Conservation Liaison for the University of Michigan, handling outreach and communications for the Planet Blue Operations Team. He served on the Ann Arbor City Council representing Ward 3 until November 2015. That year he was defeated by Zach Ackerman in the Democratic primary. He faces Ackerman again this year on Aug. 8.

Kunselman previously served four two-year terms on council representing Ward 3. He was first elected in 2006. When he ran for re-election in 2008, he was defeated in the Democratic primary by Christopher Taylor. A year later, in the 2009 Democratic primary, Kunselman beat incumbent Leigh Greden. Kunselman was re-elected in 2011 and 2013. In 2014 he ran for mayor, coming in third in the August 2014 Democratic primary with less than 17% of the vote.

Before serving on city council, Kunselman had served on the Ann Arbor Planning Commission from 2004-2008. His service on city boards, committee and commissions, by virtue of his city council position, included stints on the Taxicab Board, Brownfield Review Committee, Labor Committee, Housing Board of Appeals, and Audit Committee. He also has served on the Environmental Commission, Park Advisory Commission and Housing Commission.

Kunselman has stated that his current priorities on council would be the public’s health, safety and welfare; advocating for open and transparent government; funding of the city's parks system; and rebuilding of the public safety department.

Kunselman is married to Letitia Kunselman, a teacher. They have four children from their previous marriages. Their home is in southeast Ann Arbor, near the Mary Beth Doyle Park southwest of Packard and Platt.

Kunselman's campaign treasurer is Bob Cain, a retired real estate agent.

Steve Kunselman:  In The News

Ackerman defeats Kunselman to win 3rd Ward Ann Arbor council raceMLive, Aug. 8, 2017

Ann Arbor City Council incumbents face slate of anti-high-rise challengersMichigan Radio, Aug. 7, 2017

City Council elections to take place Tuesday (Roundup of races) – Michigan Daily, Aug. 7, 2017

What should Ann Arbor be doing to fight climate change?MLive, Aug. 7, 2017

Campaign finance reports show political alliances in Ann Arbor racesMLive, Aug. 1, 2017

Ann Arbor's gentrification becomes a City Council election issueMLive, July 28, 2017

Ann Arbor council candidates greeted by protesters at Dems forumMLive, July 26, 2017

3rd Ward Ann Arbor council candidates weigh in on city issues, taxesMLive, July 11, 2017

League of Women Voters Ward 3 Candidate ForumCommunity Television Network, July 10, 2017

Candidate Comment: Steve Kunselman (video)Community Television Network, July 7, 2017

Stephen Kunselman seeking return to Ann Arbor City CouncilMLive, April 17, 2017

Former council member running to regain council seatMichigan Daily, April 16, 2017

Former Ann Arbor councilman was confined to Turkish hotel during attempted coup d'etatMLive, July 16, 2017

Stephen Kunselman's last Ann Arbor council meeting (video)MLive, Nov. 6, 2015

Stephen Kunselman faces Zachary Ackerman in final City Council runMLive, July 29, 2015

Ann Arbor Democratic Party candidate forum (video) – June 13, 2015

Ann Arbor official says he'll propose "tiny houses" as affordable housing optionMichigan Radio, June 2, 2015

Homeless community launching recall campaign against Ann Arbor council memberMLive, Dec. 2, 2014

Stephen Kunselman Still Pushing For Core Services On Ann Arbor City Council After Losing Mayoral BidWEMU, Aug. 6, 2014

Four for Mayor: The candidates to succeed John Hieftje have very different visions of the cityAnn Arbor Observer, August 2014

Mayoral candidate profile: Stephen Kunselman proud to be an Ann Arbor 'townie'MLive, July 23, 2014

Live Mayoral Forum – Affordable Housing: Stephen Kunselman, Sabra Briere, Christopher Taylor, Sally Petersen field questions on homelessness, other housing issuesThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, July 15, 2014

Chamber Forum – Ann Arbor Mayoral Race: Candidates Taylor, Petersen, Kunselman and Briere field questions from A2Y Regional Chamber members on infrastructure, transit, parks, income tax, regionalism and moreThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, June 28, 2014

10 questions for Ann Arbor City Council Member Stephen, Jan. 27, 2010